How should web-based and client apps work in future versions of Windows?

The Windows engineering teams are making plans for how web-based and stand-alone client applications will work in future versions of the operating system. To enable customers to provide input to these plans, they have created a survey. If you’re interested in providing input on how web-based and standalone client applications should function, please consider filling…

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How should installation and patching work in future versions of Windows?

The Windows engineering teams are making plans for how application installation and patching will work in future versions of the operating system. They have created a survey to provide customers with an opportunity to tell Microsoft what their needs are in this area and what the priorities should be for improving how application patching and…

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How should 64- and 32-bit apps work on future Operating Systems?

The Windows engineering teams are planning how 64-bit and 32-bit applications will work in future versions of the operating system, as 64-bit PCs become increasingly prevalent. They have created a survey that will enable customers to tell Microsoft what they feel the needs and priorities are for improvements in how 64-bit and 32-bit applications should…

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How to: find the right Windows SDK for your needs

Several versions of the Windows SDK and earlier Platform SDKs (PSDK) are available.  Generally, developers should use the most recent Windows SDK, which supports several Windows operating systems.  However, some developers have development requirements that call for an earlier SDK.  When deciding which release of the Windows SDK to use, consider which version of Windows…

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ESENT (Extensible Storage Engine) API in the Windows SDK

I’m not sure how many people know that Windows comes with an embeddable, transactional database engine which is available to developers through the Windows SDK. The ESENT database engine can be used whenever an application wants high-performance, low-overhead storage of structured or semi-structured data. This can range from something as simple as a hash table…

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Using Windows SDK Vista Bridge Sample Library

Many of you don’t know about the Vista Bridge sample library, what can it do or even where you can find it. Let’s start with the basics; i.e. definitions. Vista Bridge is a sample library that contains managed wrappers for a number of Windows Vista APIs that are not exposed in the .NET Framework. The…

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How to get the WinSDK Configuration Tool to work

The Windows SDK Configuration Tool sets which version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you want to build with in Visual Studio. The tool shipped with the Windows SDK for Server 2008, and bugs have since been discovered that affect different scenarios. Here’s how to get the tool working in your scenario. Instructions are…

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WinSDK in VS2008 SP1: what changed?

I’m often asked what changed in the Windows SDK components that shipped with Visual Studio 2008 between the RTM version and the SP1 version.  To answer this question, I’ve compiled a list of new files and files that changed within the retail version of Visual Studio 2008. Windows SDK content changes  in Visual Studio 2008…

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How it works: Windows SDK Documentation Part 2

Many Windows SDK users have questions about the system behind the documentation provided with the SDK.  Part 1 of this series explained the basic structure behind the Windows SDK help system.  It also looked at how ms-help:// URLs can be used to learn about the organization of the documentation “behind the scenes”.  Knowledge of the…

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How it works: Windows SDK Documentation (Part 1)

Introduction Many Windows SDK users have questions about the system behind the documentation provided with the SDK.  Here is the first in a series of posts explaining how this system works and how to customize it.  This post provides an overview of the basic structure behind the Windows SDK help system.  It also looks at…

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